March 12, 2015
Dear Boston Green Tourism Members,  
Our next meeting will be Thursday March 19, from 2:30 to 4:00 at
InterContinental Boston. I will announce the room next week.


I thank our hosts: Bradford Rice, Fabienne Eliacin, Vasco Foster and Joe Kreis.


I hope you can come!



Joseph Kreis, Executive Steward, InterContinental Boston  
Arlete Burgo, Executive Housekeeper, InterContinental Boston

Mr. Kreis and Ms. Burgo will discuss the hotel's recent and upcoming green initiatives. They will highlight the InterContinental's highly-recognized waste management program. They will also describe the advantages and challenges of the hotel's food waste disposal system, which uses a food waste pulper to reduce their tonnage, and the remaining food 
is taken to a compost facility. 

Mr. Kreis and Ms. Burgos will describe the hotel's March 28 Earth Hour plans, too


Galen Mook, Advocacy and Marketing Associate,Landry's Bicycles
Mr. Mook will tell us how hotels can be bike-friendly for staff and guests. Some of his topics: how to facilitate on-site bicycle maintenance, innovations in bicycle storage inside and outside of properties, best practices for safe commuting and how concierges can help guests enjoy bicycling in Boston.


Kevin LubingerProgram Manager, Energy Efficiency, EVERSOURCE

Mr. Lubinger will describe the 2015 Mass Save incentive program and how hotels can take advantage of it. He will also discuss recent energy efficiency success stories, including the deployment of new energy efficiency technology.



Donna Hunnewell, Owner, The Wish Project Furniture Bank   

Ms. Hunnewell will show us how Furniture Banks make furniture disposal cheap, easy and safe for hotels. Furniture Banks, which are similar to Food Banks, are one-stop clearinghouses for used furniture. They pick up a variety of goods from businesses and distribute them to needy families in conjunction with anti-poverty agencies. The Wish Project, one of eight MA furniture banks, uses a thermal extermination trailer to assure that the mattresses they donate are pest-free.  



Modular Mattresses Reduce Costs, Waste and Downtime  

Sterling Sleep Systems sells modular mattresses to hotels. When a property needs to replace components that are worn, stained or pest-ridden, it can replace the problematic parts only. Doing so extends the mattress's life and saves on purchase and disposal costs. Sterling's system can also reduce room downtime when bed problems arise.


The company offers an alternative method for eliminating bed bugs: take the mattress apart, vacuum it inside and out and apply Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth inside the mattress, which dehydrates the insects.


Here are previous documents on related topics: mattress renewal, mattress recycling and a list of mattress recyclers. 


Green Lodging News, January 21
Spurred by customer feedback, Hilton Worldwide created its Meet with Purpose program, which fosters meetings that use fewer resources, minimize food waste, recycle and offer healthy food.

Paul Lin, EDC, February 14, 2014


The hotel incorporated sustainable features into its recent guest room renovation, including ECM motors and an energy management system.



The following BGT meetings will be 2:30 to 4:00. 


March 19:         InterContinental Boston

April 9:              Sheraton Boston

May 21

July 16:              Mandarin Oriental Boston

September 17

October 22:       Taj Boston

December 10:    Le Méridien Cambridge-MIT


See you March 19 at InterContinental Boston!